Way Elementary School

Belief sets are at play in every school. Some refer to it as a vision, others to a mission. Setting aside outdated educational practices of the past, at Way Elementary we nurture a culture of thinking and compassion by embracing the Visible Thinking framework.

In This We Believe at Way Elementary

  • Focusing students on the learning vs. the work
  • Teaching for understanding vs. mere knowledge
  • Encouraging deep vs. surface learning strategies
  • Promoting independence vs. dependence
  • Developing a growth vs. fixed mindset

Want to learn more? Please feel free to contact us for an appointment and tour.

Our job is not to make up anybody's mind, but to open minds and to make the agony of the decision making so intense you can escape only by thinking. - Fred Friendly

A Window Into Way

Visible Thinking Program at Michigan School

Making Our Thinking Visible

It is often difficult to comprehend the extensive amount of thinking, learning, and understanding that is taking place inside your child’s classroom each and every day. A Window Into Way will provide you with snapshots of learning opportunities students are engaged in; experiences in which thinking is valued, visible and actively promoted. By making student’s thinking visible, we can better understand how our students are learning as well as their depth of understanding. Enjoy!


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade


Adult's Night Out

We are pleased to announce the Way Elementary 2019 annual "Adult's Night Out" fundraiser. This year's "The Way We Roll" event will be held on Saturday, March 9th 2019 at the Heathers Club in Bloomfield Hills between 7:00 to 11:00.  It will be a fun-filled evening with casino-style gaming, exciting auction opportunities, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a chance to meet other parents and staff members and most of all, fun!  We look forward to this exciting evening to benefit the many core programs of Way Elementary School.

The Fundraising Committee would like to invite you to purchase Pre-Sell tickets now for a discounted price of $45.00 per person before ticket prices increase in 2019.  Please respond back to either Caroline or Bridget if you wish to purchase tickets now.  We can accept check, cash or credit card.  You can also purchase tickets on the PTO website at under E-Store tab.

Thank you again for supporting Way's only fundraising event.

Please contact us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Best wishes.

Caroline Groeneveld, Co-Chair (248) 910-5992 /

Bridget Gable, Co-Chair (313) 378-1540 /

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Second Grade Musical

Save the Date for the musical Unity Tree by Teresa Jennings starring Way Elementary's second-grade students. The musical will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm in the gymnasium of Way Elementary. Due to limited space request that each student in second grade limit their guest to 2 people. Thanks in advance.

The Unity Tree is an inspirational fantasy for young voices. Kitten and Puppy are welcomed to a new world where cats and dogs do not get along. Through the musical Kitten and Puppy teach us that we can welcome diversity and stand united together.    

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FIRST Robotics Teams - Tremendous Fall Season

Bloomfield Hills Schools had 45 FIRST Robotics teams with over 300 students in grades K-8 participating this fall! With students in all levels from grades K-12 and teams in every building district wide, the district continues to participate in the full progression of FIRST Robotics programs. Congratulations to all students who have participated in robotics this season! View competition results and photos here.

On Saturday, December 15, 2018, the BHS robotics program will host the Michigan State FIRST Lego League Championship at Bloomfield Hills High School from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. This is the third year Bloomfield Hills will host the championship; 60 teams from Michigan are planning to attend, 3 teams from Bloomfield Hills Schools will be competing. This year's themed game is called, "Into Orbit."

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Into Orbit - Bloomfield Hills Hosts Elementary Robotics Competition
On Saturday, December 15, 2018, the BHS robotics program will host the Michigan State FIRST Lego League Championship at Bloomfield Hills High School. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 8:30 AM in the gym, competition begins at 9 AM and will conclude around 4 PM. This is the third year Bloomfield Hills will host the championship; 60 teams from Michigan are planning to attend, 3 teams from Bloomfield Hills Schools will be competing. This year's themed game is called, "Into Orbit."
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Dear Way Families,

The BHS Prize Patrol made a surprise visit to Way last week. Grants were awarded to Mrs. Molnar for Art on the Go, Mrs. Stocker for Who's Your Animal Parent, Mrs. Zervos for Equity in the Library and an Orff instrument repair kit for Mrs. Oberst. We are thankful to the foundation and the community for their ongoing support. More details on grants awarded to Way can be found here: /uploaded/schools/Way/Way_Grant_Highlights_(1).pdf

To learn more and to donate, visit

Thank you to our PTO for gifting the assembly Superhero Math Enrichment. The Fine Arts Wing was filled with laughter as the presenters used magic and humor to talk about math and its role in our world. 

Adam Scher, Principal

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Holiday Wishes

The spirit of giving is alive and well at Way Elementary. Thank you to Way families for another successful Holiday Wish Program. All 120 wishes were wrapped and delivered for the Bloomfield Optimists Club to distribute. A special thank you to kt Leung for chairing the event.

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Connecting with your child's teacher, school, and the district

Families are automatically signed up to receive communication from their child's school, teachers, and Bloomfield Hills Schools (Wednesday Web News & Important Notices - including school cancellations). In order to receive emails, telephone calls, and even text messages, all you have to do is maintain your contact information and manage your personal preferences. If you wish not to receive these newsletters, simply "opt-out" when you receive the first newsletter (an option at the bottom of every email we send).

Instructions for updating this information are now available at Here you can manage your contact preferences as they pertains to emergency and district notifications. 

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Way News 9/14/18

Dear Way Families,

As we begin the new school year, Way Elementary will be implementing a new policy regarding provision of food at school celebrations.  Currently, the majority of our classrooms report some form of food allergy restriction. This represents a tipping point for us. Policing food at parties and other celebrations is not only time consuming, but places staff and at-risk students in a potentially dangerous position. With this in mind, the only food brought into the building for celebrations and other day-time events will be orchestrated between the classroom teacher and head-room parent.  For the last several years, Way has adhered to a healthy foods policy and those foods will be stressed for these special occasions.

As has always been the case, you will still be able to make personal food choices for your child's lunch or snack, providing the food doesn't contain the allergen at play in the classroom. All families should have previously been notified about allergy conditions of the classroom.  

Attention to these minor shifts in thinking and behavior should lead to a safer and healthier environment for all.



Adam Scher

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A Note from the Way PTO

Dear Families,

Welcome to Way Elementary! For those of you who are new to this school, we warmly welcome you into this big family.  
If you are new, we have a Way mentor to help you navigate our school and community. Please reach out to Lisa Grabowski via email at or 734.612.7880 for any help acclimating.

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Way Elementary
765 West Long Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302


*Attendance: 248.341.7810
*(Includes early dismissals, late arrivals, absences and vacations)

Adam Scher, Principal

Cindy Antonis, Secretary

Jenny Rossi
Visible Thinking Coordinator

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Class 9:05 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.
Half Days 12:20 p.m. Dismissal

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
3:55 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Office 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Bus Hotline:248.341.6296 @BHSBuses